10 Insane Festivals Around the World

Humans have a habit of celebrating the most insignificant things on the planet, and who would blame them when they are searching for beauty in different places? There are several major festivals that draw immense crowds every year. Who wouldn’t love to see a Rio de Janeiro Brazilian beauty, or take part in the sophisticated Venetian masked one? Nevertheless, not all festivals in the world are as beautiful as these ones. There are some truly insane ones that will make you want to barricade yourself in the house until the festivities are over. Let’s take a look at 10 truly insane festivals around the world. We warn you that some of them are not for the faint of heart.

The Thaipuism Festival

A Hindu devotee in trance during a pilgrimage to Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur

If you are interested in a freak-show then you should definitely attend the Thaipuism Festival. It is basically a great Hindu Gathering, celebrated in southern India where some of the most hardcore pierced people go. According to practitioners, the more pain your pierce inflicts, the more blessed you will be. But the sadistic behavior doesn’t stop here. Some partakers also pull tractors or heavy objects with the hooks in their skin. Ew!

Bolas de Fuego


Here’s a little trivia for you: at the turn of the 20th century a volcano almost completely destroyed the town of Nejapa. Since then, the residents of the village have held an appropriate festival to celebrate their survival. They throw flaming rags at one another. Doesn’t that sound absolutely lovely?

Near Death Festival


I still can’t quite wrap my head around this one. The Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme is also known under the name of the Near Death Festival. It is dedicated to the Patron saint of resurrection, and during it, people who have experience a near-death experienced are carried around in coffins to express their gratitude.

La Tomatina


Granted, you may have heard about this festival before, but this doesn’t make it any less gross. Seriously, what is it with people and tomato fights? This insane festival takes place every year in the town of Bunyol Spain. The goal is to cover the entire town in tomatoes until the fire department comes to wash it all away.

Holi Festival


This festival has gained quite the attention in the past few years. By this point you are already accustomed to people throwing stuff and smearing themselves at insane festivals, so the Holi one will not shock you. It may sound insane to throw colored powder at other people, but at least the result is beautiful. If you are interested in it you should visit India during spring. At the moment, the festival is being held in different locations, and is accompanied by amazing music.

Night of the Radishes


Here’s a truly unusual festival: the Night of Radishes. No, nobody will be throwing radishes in the crowd. This particular festival is actually quite peaceful. It happens before Christmas in Mexico. During it, different vendors display their over-sized radishes and proceed to sculpt them. It’s like artwork for vegans.

The Running of the Bulls


The fact that this festival is extremely popular doesn’t make it any less insane. People who are over 18 years and sober can participate in the run of their lives. Why would anyone volunteer to be chased by a pack of enraged bulls?

The Moose Dropping Festival


As you may very well know, the Moose is the Alaskan State’s official animal. To celebrate it, a festival where moose poop is dropped onto targets from a hot air balloons is organized. No joke.

Goose Pulling Festival


On one day of the year, somewhere in Germany or the Netherlands, the Goose Pulling Festival happens. The objective is to pull off the head of a goose that hangs from a wire, before anybody else. (Don’t worry, it’s already dead).

Goat Tossing Festival


If you have a Steam account you have probably already tried the Goat simulator. This festival is very similar to the game. In the small Spanish town of Maganeses de la Polvorosa a strange thing happens: young boys find a goat, tie it up and throw it from the church belfry. The other participants are supposed to catch it.


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